Whenever people ask why we still live here, I should pull out these photos to explain why. Despite the often gray skies in the late fall, winter and early spring months, summer can be truly beautiful around here. If you enjoy the outdoors than you appreciate the fact that it never gets too hot or too cold to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Cameron and I went up to Alpental to go hiking at Snow Lake. It is unusual for their to still be snow and ice on the lake, but you can blame that on the record late snow fall that we received. We have gone swimming before in this lake, but it looked a little too chilly for us.